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91 POINTS – “This is a soft, lush, almost sweet Zinfandel. It has ripe, pie-filling flavors of raspberries and cherries, with a chocolate and spice finish. Feels a bit too soft, but the tannins are complex and refined. Drink now.
S.H., Wine Enthusiast, December 2010

91 POINTS, TWO PUFFS – “Convincingly keyed on precise blackberry fruit right from the start and enriched with a fine complement of carefully fit oak, this very
deep working is all Zin in character, and, while solid and sturdy, is always in balance. It is not overly tannic yet has enough finishing grip to suggest that patience will
bring better things, and, while it can be successfully partnered with savory pork dishes early on, it promises to become more sophisticated after a few years have passed.”
Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine, September 2010


4+ STARS – “Fleshy and rich, with evident new oak character. It is powerful, ripely flavored, and long on the palate, with plum, blackberry, toasty oak, and cedar aromas/flavors. Excellent. Unfiltered.”
Restaurant Wine, Issues #135 & #136

93 POINTS, TWO PUFFS – “There is no question that this is a fairly big and well-ripened Zin, but all of its spaces are filled with
deep, impressively extracted fruit, and it is made all the richer by its very liberal appointment of lovely oak spice. It is every bit as well-balanced
as it is solidly fruity, and it deftly avoids any hint of heat. It should improve in the bottle over the next several years, but it will make very
nice drinking right now with savory, slowly simmered meatballs or a ragout of pork and tomatoes.”
Charlie Olken, Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine, January 2010


“It spent eleven months in oak: 17% new American, 18% new French, the balance, older barrels. Jammy blackberry, barnyard, vanilla, and smoky oak on the nose introduce flavors of blackberry, plum, dark cherry, and smoky oak plus fine tannin. The broad, medium-long finish shows persistent smoky oak. Well put together.”Colorado Wine News, October – December 2008


91 POINTS – “Shows the classic structure and balance of a fine Napa Cabernet, in the interplay of rich, ripe tannins, acidity and fruit. That makes this 100% Zinfandel elegant. It’s also delicious, with wild berry, plum, cola, chocolate and peppery spice flavors.” – S.H., Wine Enthusiast (11/1/2007)

4+ Stars – “Delicious Zinfandel, in a full, ripe, well balanced style. It has excellent depth of fruit, light oakiness and a very long finish, tasting of blackberry, plum jam, pepper, toast and black licorice.” – Restaurant Wine, Issues #119 & #120

“The 2005 Zinfandel, Luvisi Vineyard, Napa Valley, $38, 262 cases, spent eleven months in oak; 18% new French and 17% American. Intense, candied aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, and black cherry continue as flavors laced with light tannin and finish medium-broad and truncated with the addition of pepper. It will be popular.”
Colorado Wine News, October – December 2007


4 + Stars – “Fleshy and rich, this is an intensely flavored Zinfandel, with plum, boysenberry, toast, pepper, and oak aromas/flavors. Very long finish. Unfiltered. 243 cases.” – Restaurant Wine, Issue #113


91 POINTS – “Distinctive and elegant, with blackcurrant, black raspberry, tobacco and peppery spice flavors that are big but kept in control by smooth, sweet tannins. Brings waves of taste sensations as it rolls over the tounge. This wine captures Zin’s spirit with grace and finesse.” – Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2004

94 POINTS – “While leaning hard in the direction of ripeness, this impressively extracted young Zinfandel is fit with fruit aplenty and gets a real boost in richness from its considerable complement of first-rate oak. It is at once dense, supple and very well-balanced, and, if solid sense of grip that separates it from the crowd. It may be hard to resist even now, but it is now certain to develop into better with time in the bottle.” – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, January 2004


92 POINTS, TWO PUFFS – “Here is impressive proof that richness in Zinfandel is not necessarily dependent on overblown richness in Zinfandel is not necessarily dependent on overblown ripeness. From its deeply fruity nose to its keenly defined, ripe black berry flavors and on to its persistent, tannin-firmed finish, this one is as rich and mouthfilling as any wine under review yet it never lapses into raisiny excess or runaway heat. Medium-full-bodied and uncommonly well-balanced, it runs afoul of a bit more last-minute astringency than it really needs, but four or five years in the cellar will set things right and make for an altogether classic and collectible wine.”- Connoisseurs’ Guide, January 2003

****1/2 (FOUR & 1/2) – “Luscious and full bodied, this is a richly flavored, complex Zinfandel, tasting of black raspberry, plum jam, toasted oak, and molasses.” – Restaurant Wine, Issue 92

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -“Medium-dark ruby; attractive, floral, spicy, slightly herbaceous, distinctly briary, wild berry fruit aroma; full body; big, forward, rich, textured, chocolately, spicy, briary, cedary, very ripe red currant and berry fruit flavors; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows distinctive varietal character.” – California Grapevine


90 POINTS, James Laube’s Top Scoring California Zinfandels

“Beautifully balanced, ripe, rich and broad-shouldered, with complex raspberry, black cherry, spice and cedar flavors that have plenty of depth and solid tannic backbone. Captures the essence of Napa Valley Zinfandel with its richness and vibrancy. Drink now through 2007. 258 cases made.” – J.L., Wine Spectator, June 15, 2002

*****(five stars) – “First rate Zinfandel, in a rich, powerful, ripely flavored style. It is full bodied, concentrated, and very long on the finish. It tastes of blackberry, plum, blueberry, and vanilla.” – Restaurant Wine, Issue #85

93 POINTS, TWO PUFFS – “Considering that richness seems almost inseparable from higher alcohols in contemporary Zinfandel, this well-made, impressively extracted wine conveys plenty of fruity muscle with a nary a hint of heat. Optimally ripened and laced with lovely oak spice from front to back, it is firmed by a fine spine of integral tannins and carries through to a very long, incisively fruit finish. A serious wine by any standard, it will tempt early drinking but will only improve for a half-dozen years.” – Connoisseurs’ Guide, October 2001

90 POINTS – “EXCEPTIONAL” – Beverage Tasting Institute, 2001

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